Nigerian-Canadian Professor, Professor Pius Adesanmi has been confirmed among those who lost their lives on the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines Plane on Sunday.
The plan which was on a routine flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi reported crashed shortly after take-off.
Prof. Pius Adesanmi, alongside another Nigerian Amb. Abiodun Bashua were confirmed dead in the crash that killed 157 persons on board.
”He was the former UN and AU Deputy Joint Special Representative in Darfur, Sudan. A complete gentleman. May God rest his soul, ” the airline said in a message.
It also confirmed that another Nigerian, Prof. Pius Adesanmi, who used his Canadian passport was on board of the ill-fated aircraft.
“We hereby confirm that our scheduled flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today,” it said.
Disheartened by the news of the death of the erudite, prominent social media folks expressed dismay about the death of the professor who they described as a luminary.
My very dear friend PROFESSOR PIUS ADESANMI was in the crashed Ethiopian Airlines plane… My God, why Pius, that prodigiously brilliant gentleman!!! Rest in Peace, a great son of Africa… pic.twitter.com/kyB2Cs8CRD
— Dele Momodu Ovation (@DeleMomodu) March 10, 2019
News of the death of Prof Pius Adesanmi is a rude shock. The world has lost an excellent being. I commiserate with his family, friends and loved ones.
My condolences also go to the academic community on this very sad day.
May God rest his soul.
— Rauf Aregbesola (@raufaregbesola) March 10, 2019
We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Prof. @pius_adesanmi, who was on board the Ethiopian Airline plane that crashed today. Pius was our friend, a brilliant intellectual, teacher, social commentator & author. RIP Prof. You will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/p3Itb6017r
— Channels Book Club (@channelsbooks) March 10, 2019
Some of Pius Adesanmi's very close friends have confirmed his death. May his soul rest in peace. May God console his family and friends.
— Dr. Dípò | The Career🔌 (@OgbeniDipo) March 10, 2019
The entire Carleton community is grieving the tragic death of Prof. Pius Adesanmi, a towering figure in African and post-colonial scholarship. Our thoughts are with all those who knew and loved Prof. Adesanmi and with everyone who suffered loss in that tragic crash in Ethiopia.
— Benoit-Antoine Bacon (@CU_President) March 10, 2019
Pius Adesanmi Death: Tribute to the Ethiopian Crash Victim https://t.co/3v92dcmVjN
Twitter profile picture/Carleton University
Pius Ad… pic.twitter.com/HG5tq4Sq4E
— Harley Thea (@Latestupdate4u) March 10, 2019